Non-Entangling & Biodegradable FADs Guide

ISSF’s Non-Entangling & Biodegradable FADs guide for tuna fishers, Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), governments, and vessel owners shows research-based best practices in Fish Aggregating Device (FAD) design — both to avoid bycatch and reduce marine pollution.

Four tuna RFMOs already require fleets in their regions that fish with FADs to use only non-entangling designs. Some RFMOs additionally encourage fleets to build those FADs with biodegradable materials. The guide, first published in 2012 and revised in 2019 to include the biodegradable recommendation, is available in several languages.

ISSF 2017-06: A Summary of Bycatch Issues and ISSF Mitigation Activities To Date in Purse-Seine Fisheries, with Emphasis on FADs*

Date Added: November 27, 2017
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Tags: Bycatch, Bycatch Mitigation, Dagorn, FADs, Itano, Justel-Rubio, Moreno, Purse Seine, Restrepo, science
Authors: Dagorn, Itano, Justel-Rubio, Moreno, Restrepo
Language: English
Author(s): Victor Restrepo, Laurent Dagorn, David Itano, Ana Justel-Rubio, Fabien Forget, & Gala Moreno
report_type: Technical Report

Description

This report summarizes the main bycatch issues in tropical purse seine fisheries, with an emphasis on FAD sets (including natural log sets, since the available data does not always allow for a separation of the two). These issues and known mitigation measures are presented separately by species groups.

A summary of ISSF activities related to bycatch is given. This report updates an earlier version published in 2014 with more recent data.